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1966 (© Harry Holmes)
RAF Rattlesden airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, Rattlesden gliding club
Tower Type:
Watch Office for Night Fighter Stations 4533/42
Tower:
Gliding Clubhouse
Other Buildings:
Many
History:
12/42 to 04/43, Ground personnel of the 322nd Bomb Group, moved to Rougham.
11/43 to 07/45, 708th, 709th, 710th and 711th Bombardment Squadrons of the 447th Bomb Group (Heavy) equipped with the B-17 Flying Fortress, arrived from the USA, first mission 24/12/43, total of 257 missions flown for the loss of 257 B-17's.
10/10/45 to 15/08/46, transferred to the RAF, used as a food depot until closed. Used as a Bloodhound missile station in the 1960s, land sold 1966.
RAF Rattlesden - 322nd BG - 447th BG -
1945 (© 447th Bomb Group, USAAF)
RAF Rattlesden airfield - 322nd Bomb Group - 447th Bomb Group -
Airfield:
Operational Bomber Station
Opened:
12/42
Closed:
08/46
ID Code:
RS
USAAF Station:
126
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
2x - T2
County:
Suffolk
Location:
9 miles SE of Bury St Edmunds
OS Ref:
TL961560
Links:
©:
Photographs © as stated
RAF Rattlesden airfield - 322nd BG - 447th BG -
2001 (© Robert Truman)
RAF Rattlesden airfield - 322nd Bomb Group - 447th Bomb Group -

Left: Memorial to the 447th BG Right: Memorial to Medal of Honor winner 2nd Lt Robert Femoyer, 711th Sqn, KIA 2/11/44

RAF Rattlesden airfield - 322nd Bomb Group - 447th Bomb Group -
RAF Rattlesden airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2001 - Rattlesden, 447th Bomb Group